Overcoming Excuses that Block Your First Step

Excuses can be your way of covering up fear. Download these 12 excuse-busting scriptures.So you’ve got a great big God-dream and you are ready to go after it, right?

Fueled by passion and conviction, nothing is going to stop you.

Until …..  the excuse-making starts.

I don’t know how to do this.

Someone else is already doing something similar.

There is not enough time in the day.

Maybe I didn’t hear God right.

In this First Steps series, we’ve already gone over some practical ways to overcome these excuses.

But here’s the thing about excuses.  Once you overcome one, there is another one right there behind it.

You know why that is?

Excuses are your brain’s way to cover up fear.

And when you are about to do something huge for God, fear is going to be your constant companion … lurking behind every little bump in the road.

The only way to overcome those “excuses” is to call them what they really are, and push past that deceitful fear with God’s truth.  So grab on to these No Excuse scriptures and get back to doing what God called you to do.

When “I don’t know how to do this” really means “I’m afraid I’ll fail if I try”

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, 'Fear not, I am the one who helps you.' Isaiah 41:14 (ESV)

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)

I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4 (ESV)

When “Someone else is doing something similar” really means “I’m afraid I’m not good enough”

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.  Psalm 138:8 (ESV)

I'm convinced that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it through to completion on the day of Christ Jesus. Phil 1:6 (GW)

To me, you are very dear, and I love you. That's why I gave up nations and people to rescue you. Isaiah 43:4 (CEV)

When “There is not enough time in the day” really means “I’m afraid this won’t be worth it”

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18 (ESV)

But as for you, be strong; don't be discouraged, for your work has a reward. 2 Chronicles 15:7 (HCSB)

Whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do. John 14:12 (ESV)

When “Maybe I didn’t hear God right” really means “I’m afraid to trust God”

Put your trust in the Lord your God and you will be established.  2 Chron. 20:20 (NASB)

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.  Deuteronomy 31:8 (ESV)

I know that you can do everything and that your plans are unstoppable. Job 42:2 (GW)

 

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1 thought on “Overcoming Excuses that Block Your First Step

  1. The message at my Church yesterday was about not making excuses. It’s the first in a 4 part series on things we need to quit doing. Next week is “Quit Complaining”. I know I make excuses all the time for not doing what I need to do or feel called to do and I realize that most of them are rooted in fear and insecurity. It doesn’t mean I have stopped completely, but at least recognizing the problem and the cause is a step in the right direction! I always love when a message keeps repeating in my day to day activities by showing up in a blog I read, or a show I watch or even in my daily devotional or a FB meme from a friend. That’s God telling me “Hey! Pay attention, I’m talking to you!” 🙂

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